The Real Meaning Behind Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Happier’

Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album ‘Sour’ to the delight of music fans across the world. At only 18 years old, the young star has taken the world by storm with the release of her No. 1 song, “Drivers License,” a few months before the release of the album. Many people were anticipating her album due to her amazing ability to convey heartbreak and the pain of a relationship through her music, and she has not disappointed any of her fans so far.

Rodrigo’s become an unofficial queen of heartbreak due to the themes of love and loss that are intertwined throughout the album, including the beautiful ballad “happier.” Let’s take a closer look at the song:

Rodrigo wishes her ex to be happy with his new partner

While “driver’s license” is about Rodrigo watching her ex-lover move on and get into another relationship, “happier” is about her trying to accept it. She talks about how they broke up just a month ago and how she found out through their mutual friends that he’s already moved on and found a new girlfriend who seems to bring out the best in him.

Fans have wondered whether the song is about her well-renowned ex, Joshua Basset, but the singer has neither confirmed nor denied the suspicions. She sings about hoping that he’s happy but not happier than when he was with her.

She admits she’s selfish

One of her lines talks about how she realizes she’s being selfish by wanting him not to be any happier with anyone new than he was with her. It’s a line that many of us can relate to, especially when going through a breakup that wasn’t a mutual decision and having to watch the person you still love be with someone new.

She tries letting go

Rodrigo hopes that her ex has found a great person, but she doesn’t want her to be better than herself. It’s painful yet inevitable to compare yourself to a new person in the life of the person who’s left you. She wonders if her ex uses the same pickup lines and declarations of love but eventually realizes that picking the new girl apart won’t help and wishes them all the best.


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